What toys did our parents play with?
Way, way back
What is your favourite toy? Do you know which toys yours parents played with when they were little? Was it the same as your favourite toy? This term we will be exploring the world of toys and making our toy at the end of the term! You might like to ask your parents and Grand-parents what they liked to play with when they were little!
This term we will be learning about the months in the year and which seasons occur during these months. Our main focus will be upon Autumnal changes and we will explore these through lots of hands on outdoor activities. We will also explore which weathers usually occur through the seasons and how best to prepare for different weather conditions. It would be useful if children could practise learning the months of the year at home to help remember them, ideally in order!
We will be focussing on learning all Phase 3 sounds with the view of starting phase 4 before Christmas. At this stage, children should be comfortable with each phoneme. From here on, the teaching of phonics will be about consolidating and improving their knowledge, while introducing trickier words with increased vocabulary. By phase 4 phonics , children should be able to blend confidently to work out the sound of new words. They should be able to read words right away without sounding them out as well as being able to write each letter confidently.
In Maths this term, we begin by introducing the children to counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We then look at fractions, and recognising halves and quarters of shapes as well as amounts/groups of objects. We then move onto capacity and volume, which is a great way to make learning fun and practical! We will be using a range of different containers to help us find out which ones hold the most and least liquid. We then finish off the term by introducing money and time, two concepts which can be easily reinforced at home through conversation and real life situations (e.g. doing the food shop and asking, "How much is item A and item B added together?")
Our two texts this term link perfectly into our topic of Toys. Our first book, Dogger (written by Shirley Hughes) will allow the children to empathise with a character who loses their favourite toy and lets us discuss what we would do in their situation. We then have our second book, Little Bear's Trousers (written by Jane Hissey) a fantastic story where the main character goes on a hunt after losing a very important item of clothing! We will be sharing the book and building up to the children creating their own version of the story!